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Lecture-Concert Series presents
the Core Ensemble's 'Ain't I A Woman?' March 3
“Ain’t I A Woman?” will be the 13th event of Arkansas State
University’s Lecture-Concert Series on Wednesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.
in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. In this
new musical theatre work for actress and chamber music trio (cello,
piano, percussion), the Core Ensemble celebrates the life and times of
four very powerful African American women: novelist and anthropologist
Zora Neale Hurston; folk artist Clementine Hunter; ex-slave and
abolitionist Sojourner Truth; and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity at ASU, and like
all Lecture-Concert events, is free and open to the public.
The musical score for “Ain’t I A Woman?” is drawn from the heartfelt
spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz
Age, and contemporary concert music by such American composers such as
Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach, and Diane Monroe. "Ain't I A
Woman?" is the name given to a speech, delivered extemporaneously, by
Sojourner Truth, a slave in New York State, at the Women's Convention in
Akron, Ohio, in 1851. Truth argued that while American antebellum
(pre-Civil War) culture often placed white women upon a pedestal and
gave them certain privileges (most notably that of not working), this
attitude was not extended to black women.
“Ain’t I A Woman?” was written by
current associate artist at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis and writer
of a column for the MN Women’s Press called “Hines Sight.” whose
impressive career has included stints
as a playwright,
actor, and stage director. She is also the a former recipient of the
Bush Fellowship Award, given by the Bush Foundation, offering support to
Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, “to strengthen the work of
regional artists, to foster their artistic careers and to explore work
that stimulates community dialogue.”
The Core Ensemble
features Tahirah Whittington on cello, Hugh Hinton on piano, Michael
Parola on percussion, and Taylore Mahogany Scott as the performing
actress. “Ain’t I A Woman?” is the most recent production of a series
of multicultural and feminist performances produced and performed by the
ensemble over the past decade. The Core Ensemble has toured in
Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean, and in all regions
of the United States.
The Core Ensemble is currently touring as part of Black History Month
and will be performing at Arkansas State University as part of Women’s
History Month. For more information about the Core Ensemble, visit
their Web site (http://www.core-ensemble.cc/index.htm).
For details, contact
Dr. Gil Fowler,
associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308.The
Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural
life of the campus, community, and region.
--Molly Carpenter, senior public relations student intern in the
Office of Public Relations, researched and wrote this release.
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